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Conferences and Events


Learn about the conferences and events that Gustolab International has designed and managed in collaboration with our partners and with the involvement of students, scholars and professors. Contact us if you are interested in organizing an event with us.

Rise for the record – Rise against Hunger

To show commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #2, Gustolab International partnered with Rise Against Hunger Italy during the ‘Rise for the Record’ event that took place on World Food Day (October 16) in 2018. The event simultaneously took place in multiple locations around the world with volunteers who assembled Rise Against Hunger’s hunger relief packages in just 5 minutes. The event in Rome included students from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, Roma Tre University, UNINT, ISIA and the Scuola Leonardo da Vinci in Rome.  Students then had an activity where they learned about the Sustainable Development Goals and specifically Goal #2 Zero Hunger.

Our partner, Rise Against Hunger celebrated its first 20 years of commitment and actions against hunger in the occasion of the event.

SDGs For All Majors

During summer 2018, we organized an interactive event entitled SDGs For All Majors with students from the Summer 2018 Auburn University Mediterranean Diet Program, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Summer and Internship Program and the UMass Amherst Critical Studies on Food in Italy program.
The goal of the event was to promote dialogue regarding the SDGs and sustainability among professors and students from different departments and universities. The results of the discussions will be summarized in a publication that we will share with our networks at the end of 2018. The event was part of the Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile 2018, European Sustainable Development Week 2018 and CEREALIA – La Festa dei Cereali 2018 programmes.

Our speakers were: Michael Greene, PhD (Auburn University); Alice Julier, PhD (Chatham University); Ferro Trabalzi, PhD (GLi); Marko Zivkovic, PhD (University of Alberta); Roberta Baldazzi (Rise Against Hunger Italy); Frank Mangan, PhD (University of Massachusetts); Paola Sarcina (Cerealia Festival Director).

Seventh International Conference on Food Studies

The Seventh International Conference on Food Studies was hosted by Gustolab International and Roma Tre University on October 26 and 27, 2017 in Rome, Italy. The two days included paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia. 225+ delegates from all over the world attended and over 33 countries were represented.


Founded in 2011, the International Conference on Food Studies provides a forum for research and practice-based discussions, in a time of growing public and research awareness of the relations among diet, health, and social well-being. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of: agricultural, environmental, nutritional, social, economic, and cultural perspectives on food. 

Food+City Jeffersonian Dinner – Reimagining the Last Food Mile

In 2017, we collaborated with Food+City to organize a Jeffersonian Dinner.  Key thought leaders were invited to discuss how we can improve the food supply chain.  In 2017,  Food + City held these dinner discussions in three cities, Austin, Rome, and New York City.

Food EXPOsures: 10 Food Stories

Between May and October 2015, we organized 10 events about food in Rome and Milan to celebrate 10 years of activities and the EXPO 2015.

In Rome, we hosted the following events: Food for Security, Food for Education, Food for Better Future, Food for Tradition, Food for Health, Food for Ecology, Food for Learning, Food for Gender, Food for the Territory, Food for All and the City. 

Event with Ben Simon – Food Recovery Network

Gustolab International partnered with the U.S. Embassy in Rome in designing and organizing a series of events related to the EXPO 2015.

On May 22, 2015 GLi held an event with Ben Simon, Founder and Executive Director of the Food Recovery Network.

Round Table with Marion Nestle – Food Politics 2015: Issues and Controversies

On May 8, 2015, Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor at the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University gave a talk at the round table on ‘Food Politics 2015: Issues and Controversies’ in Rome. This event was organized in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy to Italy.

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